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UM Women’s Commission Drive to Help Safe Space

The UM Women’s Commission is once again sponsoring a drive to collect donations for Safe Space, a shelter for women escaping from domestic violence. Suggested items include gently used clothing, toiletries, gift cards, baby products and unwrapped toys for children. Donations will be accepted through Monday, December 15 Collection boxes can be found at the following locations: University Center lobby, Ashe Building lobby, Herbert Wellness Center atrium, Newman Alumni Center (2nd floor break room), and Gables One Tower, Suite 1050. A collection box is also located in the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center lobby on the Miller School of Medicine campus.

If you have any questions, email Patty Swift at pswift@miami.edu.

 

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Finance and Treasury’s 2014 United Way Silent Auction Now Open

The Division of Finance and Treasury’s 2014 United Way Silent Auction is now officially open. Visit www.miami.edu/silentauction to bid on spectacular prizes such as brand-name electronics, airline travel vouchers, and more. There’s sure to be something for everyone. The auction, which is open to faculty, staff, and students, ends November 10. For more information, contact Travel Management at 305-284-6585 or Travel@miami.edu.

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Dolphins Cycling Challenge V to Include First 5K Run/Walk

DCC-LogoFor the first time since its inception, the Dolphins Cycling Challenge (DCC) will include a 5K run/walk, providing something for everyone interested in supporting lifesaving cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The run/walk will be held at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, February 8, the second day of the two-day ride that spans three counties.

The University is once again honored to partner with the Miami Dolphins for the DCC, which has raised more than $7 million for groundbreaking research and patient care at Sylvester. These funds have helped build programs that have made a difference in the lives of countless cancer patients across South Florida.

Now in its fifth year, the DCC has permanently moved to a new time slot—the weekend after the Super Bowl, which places DCC V on February 7 and 8. Bicyclists can choose various skill levels and routes through 37 cities in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, including 13 miles over one day and up to 170 miles over two days.

The University of Miami will pay half the registration fees—$75 for riders, $25 fee for runners/walkers—for UM faculty and staff who register as part of Team UM Sylvester, led by Jerry Goodwin, Sylvester’s chief medical officer. (This offer does not apply if you register under another team.)

If you are interested in taking advantage of the special offer, please send an email to ridedcc@miami.edu with your name, department, and telephone number to receive registration instructions.

For more information and to register for the new 5K Run/Walk, which will finish on the field of Sun Life Stadium, similar to the DCC ride, email ridedcc@miami.edu.

If you are interested in serving as a “block captain” for your department to help recruit and engage the UM community, family, and friends in the DCC, please email ridedcc@miami.edu. With your help, UM hopes to increase overall participation and surpass last year’s outstanding achievement.

Special prizes and opportunities showcasing individual department logos will be available to captains and their respective departments.

Don’t want to ride, walk or run? Volunteer! Volunteers are wanted and needed during the two-day ride. You can also volunteer at Survivors Day at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, February 8, or as a nurse volunteer as part of the medic units over the two-day ride. Email ridedcc@miami.edu to learn more.

Help South Florida establish a world-renowned cancer center, and sign up now to volunteer for or ride, walk, or run in the DCC V with Team UM Sylvester. Show our community that we are committed in many ways to fighting for a cure for cancer.

 

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Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Inspires Ninth Graders to Find Their Passion

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

At UM's Whitten Learning Center, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen greets one of the more than 130 students participating in Breakthrough Miami College Bound.

At UM’s Whitten Learning Center, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen greets one of the more than 130 students participating in Breakthrough Miami College Bound.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 7, 2014) – A former teacher who once took the advice of a parent and ran for elected office, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen told a group of ninth-grade students on the University of Miami campus Monday that Congress should mirror the racial and ethnic diversity of the nation and urged the youngsters to consider entering the political arena after college to help solve problems. Read the full story

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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Medical Education Pioneer is a Donor for All Seasons

Dr. Gordon Teaching with Harvey

Dr. Michael S. Gordon, center, revolutionized medical education with Harvey, the first cardiopulmonary patient simulator, who he has introduced to countless students.

Over his long and distinguished career at the University of Miami’s Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Michael Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., revolutionized medical education around the world. He created Harvey, the world’s first cardiopulmonary patient simulator, and UMedic, an innovative computer- and Web-based program, to train physicians, emergency responders and military personnel to save countless lives.

“Our University has given me every opportunity to apply my ideas to education and supported these innovations,” says Gordon, the founder and director emeritus of the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education. “I will always be grateful to the U.”

With his wife, Lynda, Gordon provides ongoing financial support to the Gordon Center and raised funds to endow a chair for its director, S. Barry Issenberg, M.D., associate dean for research in medical education and the Michael S. Gordon Professor of Medicine.

A donor for all seasons, Gordon also has funded scholarships for medical students, and contributed to the Richter Library, Frost School of Music, Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, Department of Athletics and other programs.

“My mother, Dorée, was a leading lady on Broadway at age 17 who gave up her career to marry my father, Lee,” Gordon recalls. “By supporting the University’s theater and music programs, we honor her memory. I also love watching the ’Canes play football and bought the best season tickets as soon as I could afford to do so.”

A native of Chicago, Gordon planned to become a research biochemist and earned his doctorate before training with renowned cardiologist, Proctor Harvey, M.D., his mentor and the “godfather” of the patient simulator. Robert Boucek, M.D., the chair of cardiology at the time, invited Gordon to join the UM faculty in 1966, launching his remarkable academic career.

Gordon’s first cardiology patients included several airline pilots who had honed their piloting skills on flight simulators. Recognizing that simulators also could help medical students improve their bedside cardiac examination skills, Gordon built his first version of Harvey in 1968. Today, at the touch of a button, the life-sized mannequin realistically simulates nearly every cardiac disease by varying blood pressure, pulses, heart sounds, murmurs, and breathing.

In the 1980s, Gordon went on to develop a computer-based learning system, now called UMedic, which provides Web-based training for cardiology, neurology, and emergency medicine skills worldwide. Through the Gordon Center, the University also trains thousands of paramedics, Army field surgeons, and other personnel in many advanced life support procedures.

Last year, Gordon received the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s most prestigious health care honor, the AXA Advisors Lifetime Achievement Award.

“By helping those who serve and protect our citizens and our country, we have been able to reduce mortality tremendously,” says Gordon, who stepped down as director in December. “The Miller School of Medicine plays a unique role in medical education, and it is a privilege and pleasure for me to give back to our University.”

Have you made a commitment to support the University of Miami, or know a colleague who has? Share your story or nominate a UM faculty or staff member here, and you will be entered for a chance to win a special gift.

 

 

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